Asda has become the latest company to embrace hybrid working after it told office staff in Leeds and Leicester that they can work from wherever they want permanently.
The supermarket chain, which was recently bought by the billionaire Issa brothers and private equity firm TDR, is encouraging employees to work from alternative locations such as supermarkets and depots as well as working from home or the office.
The new approach will allow staff to choose the best location to do their job on any given day. Around 4,000 staff work at both offices, with the majority based in Leeds.
Even before the pandemic it was common for supermarket chiefs to spend a day a week visiting or working from stores to keep an eye on the day-to-day operations of the business.
Head office staff will be expected to come in when they have jobs that are better suited to an office environment such as team meetings, training and meeting with other colleagues.
The grocer said there would be no set targets on the number of days staff will have to work from a specific location.